Sale goes 8 shutout innings, but doesn't get win...A-Rod four shy of 700 club

UNDATED (AP) — Chris Sale did all he could to become baseball's first 15-game winner last night. He hurled eight shutout innings, allowing just one hit and left with a 3-0 lead.

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But the Chicago White Sox bullpen imploded and the Seattle Mariners scored four in the bottom of the ninth to beat the White Sox 4-3 and deprive Sale of the victory. Adam Lind hit a three-run pinch-hit homer with two out in the ninth off closer David Robertson, who had recorded 13 straight save opportunities.

That's the fifth straight loss for the White Sox.

In other baseball:

— Alex Rodriguez hit his 696th career homer and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1. Ivan (ee-VAHN') Nova struggled through six innings to improve to 7-5. He handed a 2-1 lead over to New York's bullpen troika of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, who blanked the Orioles the rest of the way.

— Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer, Jon Lester won his 10th game and the Chicago Cubs stopped an eight-game losing streak against the New York Mets with a 5-1 victory. The All-Star slugger is batting .339 with three homers and 10 RBIs in July. Lester hurled 7 and two-thirds innings to improve to 10-4.

— St. Louis pitcher Mike Leake (LEEK) is in good company. Leake had his second straight double-digit strikeouts game with no walks, joining Bob Gibson as the only Cardinals to accomplish the feat, and St. Louis beat the San Diego Padres 10-2. Leake is 7-7. He struck out a season-best 11, one shy of his career high. — Jarrod Dyson hit a grand slam that capped a seven-run rally in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals topped the Cleveland Indians 7-3. Indians starter Corey Kluber was working on a shutout but suffered cramps in the eighth, and the Indians bullpen imploded.

__Mike Trout hit his 19th home run and the L.A. Angels worked over AL West-leading Texas 9-5. Despite the loss, the Rangers retained their four and a-half game lead over Houston.

__ That's because the Oakland Athletics beat Houston 7-4. Khris Davis hit his 23rd homer for the A's.

— Trevor Story hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and the Colorado Rockies held off Tampa Bay 7-4. That's the Rays' 11th straight road loss.

— Zack Cozart, Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez all homered in the fourth inning as the Cincinnati Reds bounced Atlanta 8-2 in a matchup of last-place teams.

— Martin (mahr-TEEN') Prado hit a solo homer in the 11th inning to lift the Miami Marlins to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. All-Star Jose Fernandez tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts but was not involved in the decision.

— Matt Boyd allowed three hits in six innings and the Detroit Tigers blanked Minnesota 1-0. Justin Upton homered. That's another loss for the last-place Twins, who fired GM Terry Ryan earlier in the day.


Indians' Gomes separates shoulder

UNDATED (AP) — Indians starting catcher Yan Gomes could be sidelined for up to two months after separating his shoulder in a game Sunday. He was injured when he tried to avoid a tag, stumbled and fell hard on his right shoulder.

Gomes is hitting just .165 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 71 games.

In other baseball news:

— Reds catcher Devan Mesoraco (mehz-uh-RAH'-koh) will be out of action until January after having surgery on his right hip. He was already sidelined following surgery for a significant tear in his left shoulder. Mescoraco had surgery on his other hip last season, limiting him to 23 games.


Jail time for data thief

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Houston has sentenced the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals to nearly four years in prison for hacking the Astros' player personnel database and email system. Christopher Correa had pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St. Louis.

He had faced up to five years in prison on each count.


Dolphins reach deal with Foster

MIAMI (AP) — Four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The free agent is attempting a comeback from a torn Achilles tendon suffered last season with Houston.

Miami was looking to add depth at running back following the loss of Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency.

Injuries have limited Foster to 25 games in the past three years, and he played in just four games last season, averaging 2.6 yards per carry.

Foster's most recent Pro Bowl season was 2014, when he rushed for 1,246 yards and caught passes for 327 in 13 games.


Another return to Lambeau for Number-4

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre (FARV) plans to make another special trip back to Lambeau Field.

The Packers say Favre will appear at a halftime ceremony of Green Bay's game on Oct. 16 against Dallas. The ceremony will honor Favre's induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will take place on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.


Bears CB Tillman retiring at 35

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Longtime Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons. The 35-year-old Tillman, known for his "peanut punch" after forcing 44 career fumbles, spent his first 12 seasons with the Bears and went to two Pro Bowls.

In other NFL news:

— The Carolina Panthers partners have presented founding team owner Jerry Richardson and his family with a sculpture outside of the north gate of the team's downtown stadium. The sculpture is designed by California artist Todd Andrews. It's in honor of Richardson's 80th birthday.


Computer chips come to the NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will test computer chips in footballs this preseason to determine how well the balls perform, particularly in the kicking game. Data collected from the chips also could help with officiating in the future, including goal-line and short-yardage plays.

Included among the data that will be collected is how far the ball travels on a particular play, and the ball's proximity to the goal posts on a field goal or extra point. Such information can be used in determining if the distance between uprights needs to be shortened.


Rangers and Sens deal

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers have traded center Derick Brassard (brah-SAHRD') to the Ottawa Senators for forward Mika Zibanejad (MEE'-kah zih-BAN'-ih-zhahd) in a deal involving players coming off career seasons. Brassard had a career-high 27 goals and finished second on the team with 58 points in 80 games last season.

Zibanejad skated in 81 games with Ottawa with 21 goals and 30 assists. He established career highs in games played, goals, assists, points and game-winning goals.

The deal also involves an exchange of draft picks.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

— San Jose has signed forward Matt Nieto to a one-year contract. The 23-year-old Nieto was a restricted free agent, whose rights were retained by the Sharks last month. He had eight goals and nine assists in 67 games last season.


Big man remains with Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Center Miles Plumlee, a restricted free agent, has re-signed with Milwaukee's Bucks. Agent Mark Bartelstein says Plumlee agreed to a four-year deal worth $52 million. The veteran averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games in 2015-16, his fourth season in the league and first full year in Milwaukee.


'Melo, Durant only 2 Olympic vets in camp

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) got his first glimpse at the new-look U.S. national team. Team USA opened camp at UNLV with just two players back from the 2012 national team that won the gold medal in London.

Carmelo Anthony returns for his fourth run at the Olympics, after winning a bronze medal in 2004 and gold medals in 2008 and 2012, and Kevin Durant is looking to add more gold following his 2012 effort on that championship team.

There are 10 new faces, including such talents as Kyrie Irving of the NBA champion Cavs and DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento.


Sagan captures third stage win, Froome continues to lead

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Slovakia's Peter Sagan has won the 16th stage of the Tour de France and third of this year's race. He has seven career stage wins.

Defending champ Chris Froome retains the yellow jersey of the overall leader. He's in front by a minute, 47 seconds.


Russian doping scandal update

UNDATED (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency's executive board has called on the International Olympic Committee to ban all Russian teams from the Rio Olympics.

That came after an investigator looking into Russian doping found the country's state-directed cheating program resulted in at least 312 falsified results in a four-year period through 2015.

WADA (WAH'-duh) also wants Russian government officials to be denied access to international competitions, including the upcoming Olympics.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) reacted by saying the officials named in the report as being directly responsible for widespread doping will be suspended pending a thorough investigation.


Former NFL coach dies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Marion Campbell, a former head coach of the Eagles and Falcons, has passed away at 87. Campbell played for the Eagles and was a two-time Pro Bowler. He served as Philadelphia's coach between 1983-85 and coached Atlanta twice, in 1974-76 and 1987-89.